Camp Three Peaks is a rustic, Christian summer retreat for teenage girls! A week of hiking, adventure, and communing with the God of its 19th-century founders... a God that doesn't traditionally number people like 13-year-old Charlie Lamonte among His (Her? Their? Its?) flock.
The only black camper in the group, and queer besides, she struggles to reconcile the innocent intent of the trip with the blinkered obliviousness of those determined to keep the Three Peaks tradition going. As the journey wears on and the rhetoric wears thin, Charlie can't help but poke holes in the pious disregard this storied sanctuary has for outsiders like herself—and her fellow camper, Sydney.
This trade paperback of As the Crow Flies collects the first 270 pages of Melanie Gillman's Eisner-nominated webcomic, remastered and perfected by the creator for print. Your support on Kickstarter ensures the book's publication, not just for KS backers, but for libraries, bookstores, and schools all over America... where the real Charlies and Sydneys of the world can find them.
Not only do Kickstarter backers get their copies of AtCF before anyone else, but they also have access to limited editions of commissions, bookplates, and original art from the comic itself, colored pencil illustrations on 6.5" x 8" bristol.
$13 - A DRM-free PDF of volume one of As the Crow Flies!
$25 - A DRM-free PDF and paperback edition of volume one of As the Crow Flies!
$35 - A DRM-free PDF and paperback edition of volume one of As the Crow Flies, complete with a bookplate signed by the creator, Melanie Gillman!
$50 - A DRM-free PDF and TWO paperback editions of volume one of As the Crow Flies, a copy for you and a copy for the pal, school, library, church, Girl Scout troop, biker gang, or other group of your choice!
$100 - A DRM-free PDF and paperback edition of volume one of As the Crow Flies, a bookplate signed by Melanie Gillman, and a page of original art from As the Crow Flies! (Pages sent will be artist's choice.)
$125 - A DRM-free PDF and paperback edition of volume one of As the Crow Flies, complete with a bookplate signed by the creator, and a CUSTOM COMMISSION by Melanie Gillman! (The result will be a single piece of art rendered in colored pencils on bristol; the artist reserves the right to accept or reject the backer's proposed subject matter as they see fit.)
$1,000 - The AUTHOR'S VISIT! Have As the Crow Flies creator Melanie Gillman speak or teach at the venue of your choice! Melanie is an experienced teacher, leading workshops and classes regularly. For $1,000, you receive a full day of live reading, lecture and/or instruction from Melanie, along with 20 paperback copies of the first volume of As the Crow Flies. (This price does not include travel and lodgings, which will also be provided by the backer. Melanie reserves the right to refuse any offered speaking venue.)
Still need convincing? More of a try-before-you-buy type? As the Crow Flies is available to read online. Yes, the whole thing! Head on over to melaniegillman.com to read the story as it stands now.
This time around? We're only planning a single stretch goal.
If we reach $30,000, as a special thank you to Kickstarter backers, Melanie will be drawing a BRAND NEW COMIC about Sydney and her mother, who has up until now only been mentioned in passing in the comic! KS backers will get to see this comic before anyone else.
Sound cool? We sure think so! So please help us reach this above-and-beyond goal! Share links to this KS far and wide!
Thank you for your support of this project, folks. We couldn't do this without you!
- "5 Animated Paper Textures" by AitMediaLab
- "6 Floral Frames" by sallome
- "Forest" by seecreatevideos
- "Inkman Animated Typeface" by BlueBeardStudio
- "Rotation Feather Pack" by Kira_Mishura
- "Water Colour Paint Transitions" by konote
Risks and challenges
This is Iron Circus Comics' TWELFTH Kickstarter project. All ELEVEN of our previous projects have been fulfilled and completed. Our track record speaks for itself!
There's always the danger of past-due fulfillment, printing disasters, and other small hurdles. But rest assured: this ain't our first rodeo.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter